The SmarK Rant for NXT – 08.29.12
Dear god, let’s get this tournament finished off so I can move on with my life and into the much better portion of NXT’s history.
Taped from Orlando, FL
Your hosts are Byron Saxton & William Regal
Mike Dalton & Jason Jordan v. Hunico & Camacho
So this is a rematch from the upset win for the job guys a few weeks back. Regal talking about how the heels went back to “their barrio” and had to listen to the “sniggers” from their friends is the most un-natural sounding and yet awesome thing ever. Jordan uses his speed to evade Camacho, but walks into a spinebuster and gets beaten down on the ropes. Hunico slingshots in for two and powers Jordan into a slam for two. Camacho with a butterfly suplex and legdrop for two. Jordan finally fights him off with a dropkick and makes the hot tag to Dalton, and he gets the rana on Hunico for two. Missile dropkick gets two. Jason Jordan comes in and distracts the ref inadvertently, which allows Hunico to finish Dalton with a cradle suplex at 4:10. Not much to this one. *1/2
The Usos are out to challenge the Ascension, but the heels do the old trick where the lights go out and they appear from behind for the beatdown.
Meanwhile on RAW, CM Punk cuts a FUCKING GREAT promo on Jerry Lawler and they have a cage match that was way better than it had any right to be.
Big E Langston v. Chase Donovan
Shoulderblock, Big Ending, goodbye at 0:35.
NXT title finals: Seth Rollins v. Jinder Mahal
They bring the Fink out of mothballs for this one, so you know it’s important. Byron gives a whole spiel about how Seth is the “standardbearer of individualism” who “rejects the status quo”, which is about as corporate a way to call someone a rebel as humanly possible. Jinder stomps away in the corner to start, but Seth gets dropkicks and sends him to the floor. Jinder slams him off the apron and onto the ramp, and we take a break as NXT rolls on! Back with Jinder in control and working the back with a backbreaker for two. Butterfly suplex gets two. So now Jinder switches to an abdominal stretch on the mat, showing the moveset that propelled him to the WWE title, and a high knee gets two. This sets up the camel clutch, but Rollins makes the ropes and then pops up with an enzuigiri. Seth makes the comeback with kicks and Jinder misses a blind charge and lands on the floor, which allows Seth to follow with a diving bodypress. Seth goes up and Jinder brings him down with a superplex as we take another break. Back with Seth making another comeback, but Jinder gets a tilt-a-whirl slam for two. JInder misses a charge and Rollins hits a superkick for two, but he goes up and misses the moonsault. Jinder with the Khallas for two and he gets the camel clutch, but Rollins rolls him up for two. Buckle bomb, Blackout, good night at 13:45 aired. Pefectly Acceptable Wrestling where Jinder let Seth do his thing and carry the action. ***
A very watchable show this week, but we’re still a long ways from stuff like the classic Sami v. Cesaro feud that put this show on the map.